I Don’t Understand Kevin Durant

So, before I even begin, let me make something clear: I honestly believe that Kevin Durant is the second best basketball player in the world. I mean, I still have LeBron James in the number-one spot, but keeping it a buck, Durant be giving James work, son. In any case, ever since Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder, his views on the situation confuse me, man. All in all, OKC has every right to fucking hate him, fam.

Ok, for those who missed it, Durant gave an in-depth interview to The Wall Street Journal. Now, during the course of the conversation, he spoke about a lot of different topics. He spoke about shit like his rehab process, his issues with the Golden State Warriors‘ motion offense and the general nonsensicalness of the NBA. But, it’s his take on OKC that left me thoroughly perplexed, bruh.

Look, I’ve said it multiple times on this blog. Real talk, I don’t blame him for leaving the Thunder, son. Frankly, the dynamic between him and Russell Westbrook was doomed, man. Like, their respective games didn’t match each other and it impeded the team from winning, fam. Anyway, that still doesn’t excuse him from going to a conference rival, bruh.

Now, for those who don’t remember, the Thunder were one game away from the Finals in 2016. They had a 3-1 lead over the 73-9 Warriors and fucking blew it, son. Listen, people love to blame Westbrook for the lose, but Durant also played like hot dog shit, man. On top of that, it took a God-level performance from Klay Thompson in Game 6 to salvage that series for the Warriors. All I know is, that incarnation of the Thunder could’ve done some serious damage, fam.

Instead, Durant decided to skate out of town and join the very team that dashed his championship hopes. In addition, the Thunder haven’t won a playoff series since. The point is, WHY THE FUCK WOULD THEY TREAT HIM KINDLY?! For God’s sake, he ruined the franchise’s trajectory and he’s surprised that the fans don’t fuck with him? All I can say is, that’s the most delusional shit in the world, bruh. The fans have every right to be furious with him, son.

In the end, Durant just needs to learn to let this shit go, man. Ultimately, OKC will probably never fuck with him again. By and by, I can understand him having a beef with the actual Thunder organization. However, the fans were devastated by his departure and had every right to be. At the end of the day, Durant needs to get out of his feelings, stop arguing with people on Twitter and be satisfied with his accomplishments. That is all. LC out.

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Don’t Ever Disrespect Big Boi, YesJulz

So, before I even begin, I’d like to ask a serious question, son. Why do people listen to YesJulz? On the real, I legitimately don’t know what she does, man. On top of that, I don’t know what her qualifications are to speak about Hip Hop. In any case, her latest hot take about OutKast and EarthGang was especially egregious, fam. All in all, don’t ever disrespect Big Boi, YesJulz.

Ok, for those who missed it, YesJulz decided to compare EarthGang, the Atlanta-based group signed to J. Cole‘s Dreamville Records, to OutKast. Now, to be fair, this is not the first time these groups have been compared to one another. I mean, since EarthGang is an eclectic duo from the A, the OutKast vibe is obvious, bruh. In any case, if she simply stated that EarthGang reminded her of OutKast, there would be no harm and no foul, son. However, she decided to take the tomfoolery to another level, man.

Now, when describing EarthGang, YesJulz hit Twitter and said “EarthGang is like the OutKast of this generation only with two André‘s. I’m so here for it. & don’t fuckin @ me.” Look, she tried to front like she wasn’t disrespecting Big Boi, but the nature of that tweet was disrespectful. Let’s be real, throughout OutKast’s entire history, Big Boi has been unfairly belittled, brethren. Listen, due to André’s skill level, fans have often overlooked how incredible Big Boi was/is. Shit, André himself has always stated that Big Boi was the one who made their albums cohesive.

Real talk, Big Boi was the one who picked a lot of OutKast’s beats and wrote a bunch of their hooks. Without Big Boi’s contributions, the group wouldn’t be nearly as legendary, fam. Frankly, he gave André the space to try out all of his off-kilter ideas. The truth is, he knew that Big Boi would be the one to make sure the song was still jamming. All I know is, if YesJulz doesn’t understand Big Boi’s greatness, then she should keep his name out of her mouth.

In the end, this situation should be a lesson to everyone. Ultimately, if a person isn’t truly familiar with the artist they’re commenting on, then they should probably shut the fuck up. So, YesJulz, kindly shut the fuck up. Long live Big Boi! That is all. LC out.

The Truth About The Amazon Rainforest

*Sigh* On the real, I don’t even know where to begin, son. The fact is, human beings are basically parasites to the Earth, man. I mean, whatever we could possibly do to destroy our planet, we find a way to do it, fam. Now, despite a shocking lack of news coverage, we need to talk about the Amazon Rainforest. All in all, the world’s premier rainforest is being decimated and we need to do something about it ASAP.

Ok, before I continue, let me advise some of my social media kinfolk. Listen, people, some of the images that are being spread around on FacebookTwitter and Instagram are misleading, bruh. Like, yes, fires on the Brazil side of the rainforest are 80% higher this year than last year. However, some of the pictures floating around are either old or from a completely different place. So, folks need to be mindful of the information they’re spreading, son.

With all of that being said, we still have a major fucking problem, man. The truth is, millions upon millions of acres are being destroyed and the global impact will be massive, fam. Look, the trees in the Amazon Rainforest are responsible for about 20% of the world’s oxygen. Shit, let me say that again, bruh. THE TREES IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 20% OF THE WORLD’S OXYGEN! In addition, the rainforest puts loads of water into the atmosphere. Needless to say, we need that shit, son! However, our incessant need for farmland is literally killing the rainforest.

Now, if we’re being real, Brazil is a HUGE part of the fuckery, man. Listen, they make a ton of money off of cattle ranching. So, to further their business, they’re actually (illegally) burning down large portions of the rainforest. Keep in mind, cows are the cause for large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions like methane and carbon dioxide. In layman’s terms, Brazil is cutting off our oxygen while putting harmful shit in our atmosphere. For God‘s sake, there is absolutely NOTHING people won’t do for money, fam.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, bruh. Ultimately, we’re killing the fucking planet and none of our governments seem to care, son. At the end of the day, this is why a phrase like “money is the root of all evil” exists, man. Hell, we’ll blatantly do shit that’s detrimental to our future as long as we can make a profit from it. In my eyes, none of that shit is worth it, fam. Before it’s all said and done, we might not have a planet left, brethren. That is all. LC out.

My Only Gripe With Nicki Minaj’s Interview With Joe Budden

So, I won’t lie, son. Real talk, I was trying my hardest to avoid this Nicki Minaj and Joe Budden situation, man. I mean, we have two people who like to shout and talk over people, fam. The fact is, shenanigans were damn near inevitable with these two in a room, bruh. Moving on, I’m not here to debate the validity of their respective arguments. On the real, I’m only here to talk about how she disrespected Rory, Budden’s podcast co-host.

*Sigh* Where do I start, son? Ok, the tomfoolery began when Budden went to Nicki’s Queen Radio show on Apple Music. Now, I think it’s safe to say that Nicki didn’t appreciate a lot of the narratives that Budden started on his show, The Joe Budden Podcast. Namely, she didn’t like the idea that she wasn’t knowledgeable about the smoke Cardi B had for her on Migos‘ “Motorsport.” In her eyes, people like Budden perpetuate the idea that she’s always being catty with other women rappers. In addition, she hated the fact that he suggested she was on drugs.

In any case, during the show, she went “hamburger helper” on Budden, man. Like, he couldn’t get a word in edgewise, fam. Shit, she basically shouted at him until security removed him from the premises, bruh. Needless to say, after this debacle, the internet lost its shit, son. However, this isn’t the end of the story, folks. Now, despite getting cursed out, Budden still had Nicki on as a guest on his podcast. From there, they continued their conversation about her place in the music industry.

Now, with all of that being said, let me get to the crux of the matter, man. Look, Nicki believes there’s a “hate train” against her. She believes that she’s unfairly maligned and constantly under public attack. Side bar, I personally think that a lot of it is bullshit and that she has an inability to critique her own behavior. But, that’s another story for another time, fam. Anyway, Budden’s podcast went off of the rails when she turned her cannons on Rory. Frankly, homie didn’t deserve the heat that came his way.

Basically, Rory tried to say that Nicki shouldn’t put so much of her focus on what people say about her on social media. From there, she bugged the fuck out, bruh. Hell, she proceeded to yell at him for the next ten minutes and insinuate that he was vilifying her for defending herself. Next, she suggested that she was going to make up a false rumor about Rory, just so he knew what it was like to be “lied” on.

Son, Rory’s entire point was that the opinion of random people on the internet should not matter to a person of her stature. Like, who gives a fuck about the Twitter account of someone with an egg avatar, man? At no point did he say that she was wrong for sticking up for herself. His only point was that internet trolls shouldn’t be given any power, fam. Responses fuel these idiots. Keeping it a buck, their thoughts don’t fucking matter, brethren. But, instead of comprehending what he was trying to say, she decided to shout at the top of her lungs and refuse to let him speak. Yeah, really mature, Nicki.

In the end, that podcast hurt my ears, bruh. Ultimately, if folks aren’t trying to have a civilized conversation, then there’s no point, son. By and by, I hope Nicki finds peace, man. All I know is, she’s one of the biggest artists in the world and shouldn’t pay this much attention to negativity, fam. At the end of the day, the music is all that matters, bruh. That is all. LC out.

P.S. What’s really good with Mal, son? Listen, I’ve heard him say NUMEROUS times on the podcast that cyber bulling isn’t real, man. Well, where was that hot take for Nicki, fam? Shit, he was quiet as a church mouse while she was on the rampage, bruh. All I can say is, if cyber bulling isn’t real, then Nicki’s problems aren’t real, brethren. The truth is, he should’ve kept that same energy. Good day.

The New & Improved JTW FIT

So, here’s the deal, son. My boys Jahkeen Washington and Thomas Boatswain are top-notch trainers that run JTW FIT. For a number of years, they’ve provided affordable and high-level fitness classes to folks in the Harlem area. Well, after years of operating out of another location, they’re officially opening their own studio. Needless to say, if anyone is in the vicinity of NYC, then go break a sweat, man.

Now, the studio is a couple of weeks away from its grand opening. So, in the meantime, everyone should first follow @jtwfit on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Next, hit up jtwfit@gmail.com and join their mailing list, fam. Lastly, download the MINDBODY app and get in on these deals, bruh. Look, for the rest of August, the squad is offering some dope presale deals. Namely, $15 for the first class, $210 for a 10-class pass and $200 for unlimited classes over 30 days. On top of that, as of yesterday, they’ve dropped their official class schedule.

In the end, what else needs to be said, son? Ultimately, folks need to go get this workout in. In any case, the fitness studio will be located at 2235 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10027. By and by, folks will probably see me in there boxing on Thursday’s and Saturday’s. But, they’ve got the weights on deck, the row machines on deck and trainers that take pride in this shit. So, get to it, man! That is all. LC out.

P.S. My brother Kofi Ofori-Ansah from SOTBG (www.sotbglife.com) will also be training clients out of the studio. So, support all of my brethren, son. They all know what the fuck they’re doing, man. Good day.

Don’t Ever Disrespect Joe Budden’s Rapping Ability

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I always say that I’m going to keep a post short. But, I never do, man. Anyway, I’m going to try my hardest to keep my word today. The fact is, I’m only here to give Joe Budden his flowers for his rapping prowess, fam. Ok, yeah, I know it’s easy to make fun of Budden. Shit, he spends a great deal of time making fun of himself. However, one thing can never be debated, bruh: Joe Budden can rap his ass off.

Ok, for those who missed it, a list started circulated around the internet that got people up in arms. So, a podcast named The Brew Podcast put out a list of their top 50 rappers of all time. Moving on, the list had a lot of familiar faces that folks would be used to. But, shit took a turn when people saw who was listed in the number three spot. Now, as I’m sure everyone has figured out by now, the podcast listed Budden as the third greatest rapper in history. From there, social media lost its fucking mind, son.

Look, as soon as people got wind of this list, Budden was slandered to the mountaintop, man. I mean, damn near everybody tried to make the argument that Budden is trash as a rapper. The thing is, I can guarantee that 99% of the people who are shitting on him aren’t familiar with his catalog at all. Frankly, they only know about the reality TV star, who’s constantly having problems with women and has beefed with close to every rapper in the industry. In my eyes, all of Budden’s shenanigans have tainted the perception of his music, fam. Thankfully, I’m here to give folks a crash course, bruh.

Now, everyone can listen to some of my favorite Joe Budden songs below. In the end, do I think he’s the third best rapper of all time? Fuck no, son! That’s just ridiculous. But, his placement on that podcast’s list shouldn’t take away from the fact that he is one of the nicest emcees to ever do it. By and by, his detractors should actually know about the music they’re slandering before they utter a word, man. At the end of the day, don’t ever disrespect Joe Budden’s rapping ability, fam. That is all. LC out.

Here’s The Truth, Chance the Rapper

So, here we are, son. Two weeks removed from Chance the Rapper‘s “debut” album, The Big Day, and the reviews are in, man. Needless to say, a lot of people, including me, didn’t like the record, fam. Now, I can’t speak for anyone else, but I have my reasons for why I didn’t rock with the project, bruh. However, Chance’s response to the criticism was weird as shit, folks. All in all, I legitimately think he needs to lighten the fuck up, brethren.

Ok, for those who missed it, Chance recently got on Twitter and made some alarming statements, son. Now, if I’m being honest, I’m not about to quote his entire soliloquy, man. Frankly, folks can just read what he wrote here. But, he definitely took a situation that was not that real and made it overly serious, fam. Shit, he was out here tweeting that he thinks people want him to kill himself and/or feel ashamed for loving his wife. Nah, bruh, we just didn’t like the album, kid. It just is what it is.

For me, one of the reasons I didn’t like the record is the length, son. Look, after 34 years of life, two kids and a brain ravaged by copious amounts of alcohol, I can’t handle 22 songs, man. The truth is, anytime an artist makes an album that long, they’re going to start putting out filler, fam. On the real, if he cut that shit down to like 12 songs, I might’ve banged with it more. Like, tracks like “Eternal,” “I Got You (Always and Forever)” and “Big Fish” are in my rotation, bruh. However, Chance can miss me with all of them skits and the whole middle section of the album, people.

In addition, even the best songs on this record don’t compare to his previous work. Hell, I challenge anyone to find a song on this project that’s harder than “Mixtape,” son. So, the point is, Chance has made better music before. “Debut” album or not, he has a discography that people can compare this shit to. The fact is, his previous bodies of work are killing this new shit, man. Real talk, there’s no shame in that, fam.

With all of that being said, I don’t like the tone he used about the backlash. Keeping it a buck, I haven’t seen ONE comment where someone said they want Chance to kill himself. On top of that, the internet may have jokes, but no one’s actually shitting on him for being married, bruh. Side bar, that “I Love My Wife” spoof is fucking hilarious, brethren. C’mon, get a sense of humor, Chance. The truth is, these new songs just aren’t hitting like that, son. So, it’s a bit irresponsible for him to toy around with the topic of suicide. Listen, as much as I love music, I’m fully aware of the fact that there are WAY more important things in life, man. Maybe, just maybe, Chance needs to chill the fuck out, fam.

In the end, Chance has to relax, bruh. Ultimately, a bunch of people didn’t like the album, son. In my eyes, it’s not the end of the world, man. By and by, even some of my favorite artists have duds in their discography, fam. At the end of the day, Chance just needs to regroup, possibly work with some outside producers, and come back with a fire project. Lastly, keep the bullshit off of Twitter, bruh. That is all. LC out.

P.S. Chance needs to knock it off with this “debut” album shit, son. Fam, any man with Acid Rap and Coloring Book in his catalog can’t be saying this is his “first” anything, man. Good day.